THE COUNTESS FROM CONSTANTINOPLE
 
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Kind friends your pity pray bestow
On this object now before you,
And listen to a tale of woe,
Thus I promise not to bore you;
To this state I am now reduced,
In my heart then burnt ambition's flame
For I loved a splendid Countess who
From Constantinople came,
Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus: C - O - N with a Con, S - T - A - N with a stan
With a Con - stan, T - I, ti with a Con - stan - ti
N - O no with a no, with a Con - stan - ti - no
P - L - E with a pull, Con - stan - ti - no - ple.

I own I was a simple clerk,
But living very well tho'
And met this lady in the Park,
Her name I couldn't tell, so -
I found, and bribed her ladies maid,
And from her soon did ascertain;
Her misses was a lovely Countess who i
From Constantinople came, Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus.

I met the 'Countess' at a Ball,
And to her was presented;
On my knees immediately did fall,
And lots of lies invented,
I swore I was a Highland Prince
And prayed that she would bear my name,
And was accepted by the Countess who from Constantinople came,
Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus:

Now a lass there was called Becky Back,
And her I was engaged to;
But she wrote to me, and gave me up,
And wasn't she enraged too;
She'd heard such awful tales of me,
And knew of course my only aim
Was to wed the lovely Countess who
From Constantinople came, Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus:

On the Countess I spent all my cash,
To win her approbation:
For my Lady she would cut a dash,
But I lost my situation;
I soon found she a swindler was,
And long had carried on that game;
I was done now, by the Countess who
From Constantinople came, Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus:

So thus you see how l was served,
Through trying for one above me;
Tho' my punishment I quite deserve,
And I've no one now to love me
I might have been a happy man,
With Becky Back to share my name;
Had it not been for the Countess who
From Constantinople came, Constantinople, Constantinople,
Constantinople the Countess came.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1870
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840 - 1904)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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